Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 74, December

Aage Birck: Imaginary Myths
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE WORK OF AAGE BIRCK FORMS BIG VIVID CIRCLES embracing ideas, registration and feelings. The ideas are often products of his artistic intellect, later materialized through the hard work in the studio. In this phase it...
Anton Reijnders: And the Meaning of Things
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HOLLAND HAS FOUND THE KEY TO SMOOTHER traffic circulation. In recent years roundabouts have been constructed on a massive scale, in most cases with ample central reserves. By now, there are more than 4000 of them and local...
A Profile of Daniel Allen and His Recent Work: Now Do You Want Me?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A PROFILE OF DANIEL ALLEN DEMANDS A CONTEXT, both for him and his work. Allen is a prolific maker and has exhibited and sold internationally. He is also the founder member of Fireworks in Cardiff, a successful co-operative...
Arnie Zimmerman-Sculptures Tiago Montepegado-Installation: Inner City
The concept Inner City arose from a collaboration between the artist Arnie Zimmerman and the architect Tiago Montepegado, respectively the master builder and town planner of this metropolis. The collaboration between Zimmerman and Montepegado...
Balance in Clay: The Sculpture of Maria Ines Varela
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The sculptures of Maria Ines Varela live in a world of changing shapes in which one perceives both patient work and knowledge of clay. But, she never allows technique to be the protagonist, and lets subtle sensitivity become...
Caroline Cheng: Reinventing Subversion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN OVER TWO DECADES OF WORKING AS A PAINTER, SCULPTOR and ceramist, Caroline Cheng has compiled an increasingly sophisticated commentary on Chinese culture, politics and life through her art. Her work has been exhibited...
Ceramic Art That Reveals an Unspoken Secret: Maria Angquist Klyvare
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CERAMIC ARTIST MARIA ANGQUIST KLYVARE, received a commission in China. In 2005 she would do a piece of art--a permanent wall in the Fuping ceramic art museum. Klyvare has for many years shown an excellence in constructing...
Colour, Form and Rhythm: New Work by Elizabeth Fritsch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ELIZABETH FRITSCH IS ONE OF BRITAIN'S GREATEST CONTEMPORARY potters and an influential figure in the world of arts and crafts. She challenges the conventions of the discipline of 'potting', introducing...
Domestic Responsibility: Anita Powell's Resplendent Eloquence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have, I believe, the courage to doubt everything; I have, I believe, the courage to fight against everything; but I do not have the courage to acknowledge anything, the courage to possess, to own, anything. Most people...
Editorial
For the past four years, Janet Mansfield and I have been talking about how we might make a successful transition in ownership and maintain the integrity of these amazing magazines. At the top of our list of priorities was the goal of keeping your...
Elaine Riordan: Profile of an Irish Ceramic Artist
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF YOU EVER GO ANYWHERE WITH ELAINE RIORDAN, BE prepared to stop every two metres or so while she snaps a photograph of some interesting fragment of architecture that you had missed. Riordan has...
Hsu Yung Hsu: Body * Transcending
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HSU IS A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER STOPPED living and has never stopped creating. He can be called a teacher under a national education system, or an athlete, or even a music performer but I prefer calling...
Informed Wildness: Jenny Lou Sherburne's Art of Living and Making
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I REALLY DID FALL IN LOVE WITH CLAY," SAYS CERAMIC ARTIST Jenny Lou Sherburne of her first apprenticeship nearly 30 years ago. "Something takes over and you feel like you've found the answers...
Janet DeBoos: Ceramics: Entropy and Other Considerations
The Second Law of Thermodynamics in one aspect describes the tendency of closed systems to move from a condition of order to disorder. This also seems to be the case whenever we seek to control and isolate. Often I find that when I start to decorate...
John Heaney: Between the Vertical and Horizontal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HEANEY DESCRIBES CLAY AS A WONDERFULLY expressive material, its plasticity and textural qualities enabling the expression of his thoughts and emotions. Like many ceramists his use of the material facilitates the input of...
Ken Vavrek: Assemblages: In the Company of Light
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] KEN VAVREK'S LATEST CERAMIC WALL SCULPTURES project a reserved and elegant physical beauty. From a pared-down cast of geometric forms, his assemblages propose a relationship between architecture, painting, motion and play....
Louise Boscacci: Form and Idea
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The increments of meaning are to be found in the form. At first, walk around the object and feel as you do a sense of the place it occupies in space and how that space relates to you. Consider each movement and each glance...
Mieko Okuda: Signs of Life in the Forest
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Echoes of life in and around the mountains; forms of the forest--harbouring, giving birth to and recirculating nature." THE CHANGING ATMOSPHERE, FRAGRANCES, BREEZES flowing water, and hints of forest life drift across...
Mutant Hybrids: Penny Smith's Recent Stoneware and Porcelain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DURING THE LATTER PART OF 2007, PENNY SMITH, was invited to mount a solo exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania. This non-commercial gallery, run by the Hobart City Council, has been showcasing small survey...
Notes from the Edge: Gail Nichol Reports on a Conversation with Australian Ceramic Artist Bruce McWhinney, Discussing the Ideas Driving His Work
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AFTER MANY YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIO WORK making brightly coloured electric fired tableware and some low-fired sculpture, Bruce McWhinney has returned to high temperature wood firing, his original interest as a student...
Offered Up: The Work of Todd Cero-Atl
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WE ARE GATHERED IN A DARK ROOM IN THE EARLY fall of 2007 at the University of Kansas for the weekly occasion of the Graduate Seminar. The room buzzes with tense energy and forced gaiety. A yearly ritual is about to be enacted,...
Performance Pottery by Frederique Bonmatin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN RECENT MONTHS A CHALLENGING QUESTION HAS BEEN asked of British potters which is bound to flummox most who, at present, see themselves either as artist, designer, potter or ceramist. In the case of Frederique Bonmatin...
Re-Collections: A Visual Dialogue between Ceramic Artist Richard Hirsch and Glass Artist Michael Rogers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GREAT CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS OWE their quality to several key attributes. Of primary importance is the shared supposition that a truth can be reached between participants, insight not...
Technique, Philosophy and Nature Presented in Roe Kyung Jo's Art: Beyond Time, beyond Measure
AS A CERAMIC HISTORIAN, I WOULD POSIT THAT THE potter Roe Kyung Jo is in the line of both the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Folk Art Movement (Mingei Movement). Both movements, the former developed in Britain in late 19th century, the latter...
Vipoo Srivilasa: For the Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PREVIOUSLY, VIPOO SRIVILASA'S CERAMIC WORKS HAVE veered from delicate blue and white porcelain to flamboyantly coloured vessels, each series a complete and separate commentary of various facets of the artist's life: the...